Summer has come, and that means travel season has finally arrived! The sweet and sour PTO you’ve worked so hard for is so close you can almost taste it. But before you pack your bags and head to the airport, check out these tips and essentials for sustainable travel.
Before we get to the essentials, here are three easy ways to travel sustainably and ethically this summer:
- Choose a non-stop flight
- Choose public transportation at your destination
- Respect the local culture
These travel tips may seem obvious, but taking the time to find non-stop flights and using public transportation via taxis or cars dramatically reduces your travel footprint.
But sustainable travel isn’t just about being aware of your impact on the planet – minimizing your negative impact on the destination plays a big role, too. Be sure to respect the local culture. Realizing little things like this can have a huge cumulative effect on the planet as a whole.
Now let’s pack up! Here are 10 great employee favorites to take with you on your next trip.
10 essential things for sustainable travel
1. Cotopaxi Travel Cube Bundle, $45
Make packing easy and score three packing cubes by Cotopaxi made from reused materials. Cubes feature a roll-up zip for easy access to clothing, toiletries, and other must-haves. You’ll be amazed at how much you can put in your suitcase when using the packing cubes!
An added touch is that because repurposed materials are used to make them, each cube is unique. Be prepared for a complete surprise in the contrast of colors!
2. Stojo Collapsible Water Bottle, $20
Get a 20 ounce capacity. Water bottle without all the bulk! Simply fold this bottle into a small ball and attach it to the bag’s belt while going through airport security. Fill it to the other side and enjoy staying hydrated with BPA-free, LFGB approved silicone.
3. Flo Multipurpose Performance Towel, $49
For comfort and hygiene while traveling, it may be a good idea to bring your own towel. Bonus points if the towel is multipurpose, like the one by Flowe.
It is carefully crafted from recycled waste and made from a luxuriously soft fabric. It is designed to accompany you on excursions, beach trips, inland rituals and everyday adventures. It also absorbs moisture quickly and dries in minutes. Check out the Brightly Shop for three different colors, including Checkered, Floral, and Striped.
4. Solar Powered Portable Battery Pack, $49.99
Don’t get caught cruising around the terminal looking for an outlet or finding yourself halfway with 2% battery life left on your phone. This powerful and durable portable battery pack from Revel Gear can be charged either via micro-USB or via solar energy.
The solar package comes with an 8000mAh battery and a super bright LED grille that will shine better than any headlight or flashlight. Also includes two USB outputs to charge your phone, tablets, camera, and more.
5. Cotopaxi 16 Liter Backpack, $60
Lightweight yet durable, this Cotopaxi backpack is another great addition to your list of travel must-haves. It’s made with high quality fabrics and residue that would otherwise end up in landfills.
The backpack features a main zip compartment, along with a vertical front zip pocket and two mesh water bottle pockets. It also has a front zip pocket with a quick-access phone/camera sleeve and light mesh shoulder straps for easy portability.
6. Rhythm travel capsules,
(Reg $84) $76
Say goodbye to lugging around full-size toiletries, cheap travel-sized items, or single-use plastic Ziploc bags.
Cadence Travel Pods were created with the goal in mind to reduce the amount of single-use items that end up on our beaches. Each capsule is fully customizable and attracts each other to create a highly beneficial product that is unique to you.
7. Busy Co. Waste-Free Cleaning Wipes, $9-$24.75
Being a sustainable consumer usually means giving up on the amenities provided by single-use items like disinfecting wipes, which often make it on travel lists. But Busy Co. Creates no-waste cleaning wipes so you can bring convenience back into your sustainable travel routine.
There is nothing wrong with a post-flight revitalization game. With compostable wipes for your face, body and crumbs, you’ll be ready for adventure as soon as the wheels hit the curb.
8. Reusable Round Makeup Remover Pads, $24
These reusable makeup removal pads are a very travel essential for people who wear makeup. Made with a special material that removes all makeup with just water, no need to pack extra makeup remover.
These pads are machine washable and can be used in place of the thousands of makeup wipes that might end up in landfills.
9. Mintley Toothpaste Tablets, $9
Toothpaste tablets are the perfect sustainable trade-off and an easy choice when considering the items that should make up our travel gear list.
You can fill only the quantity you need without any potential mess. The tablets fit great in a percussion capsule or any other small container coming on the trip.
10. The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Tonic, $20
Did you know that the exhaustion you feel after a canceled flight leaves you stuck in an airport in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a crib to sleep on in your sweaty clothes?
Yes, this invigorating mist from The Body Shop makes your travel must-see list because it leaves your skin looking like you’re actually sleeping in a Ritz. In addition, The Body Shop is B Corp certified, which means that the company meets the highest approved standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
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